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» Ellen Page ready for her video game close-up

by Steve Schmidt, published on July 12, 2012 - 1:56 p.m.

Actress Ellen Page, photographed off a large panel session screen during Comic-Con Thursday, was shown during the motion-capture process in the making of the video game, Beyond: Two Souls. — Scott Allison / Steve Schnidt / U-T

The outfit behind one of the quirkiest video games in recent years is teaming up with actress Ellen Page on a console-bound psychological thriller.

The Oscar nominee's face, body and voice will be featured in "Beyond: Two Souls," from Quantic Dream, the company that created 2010's "Heavy Rain."

At a packed Comic-Con panel session, Page said she spent months filming the project, working with a large cast, a 2,000-page script and motion-capture technology.

"I feel completely humbled and completely excited to be part of this project," said the "Juno" star. "It exceeded my expectations as an actor."

Page plays the role of Jodie Moore, a young, contemplative woman dogged by eerie presence.

"Many video games are about violent action," said Quantic founder David Cage. "I'm trying to write something that is more personal. I'm about emotion."

"Heavy Rain" was seen by many gamers as a flawed but fascinating attempt to push the boundaries of storytelling in video games.

The film noir-style drama stressed interactivity, allowing players to steer the plot and determine the fate of four troubled protagonists. It had an offbeat quality and asked players to engage in mundane tasks at times, like changing a diaper, of all things.

Cage said he is often asked about that moment. "It really made players care for the baby and gave a specific flavor to the scene," he said.

"Beyond," a PlayStation 3 title, is due out next year.

Source: www.utsandiego.com

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